One of the ways to have observations with more impact is for administrators to take on the instructional coaching philosophy in their school. In order for school leaders to provide RTI to their teachers, they need to work in partnership (Knight) with their teachers on a co-constructed goal.
Engaging in a thoughtful cycle of alignment can yield powerful growth for districts and school AND reward teachers by meaningfully including them in that dialogue and empowering them to make PD work for them instead of a pointless endeavor.
From Tom Vander Ark - Sophisticated organizations have long used blended learning strategies to accelerate professional growth and provide real-time learning. The postsecondary landscape is being transformed by blended, personalized and competency-based learning opportunities. The requirement for lifelong learning in most careers is being translated into stackable credentials and professional portfolios.
Seeing clear connections to adult learning in schools. - "The problem, for the call (to change) seems only to be heard by the already converted."
From Tom Vander Ark Like students, educators deserve a clear map of what they need to know and be able to do, multiple ways to learn, and options for demonstrating mastery. In most cases we think progress will be marked with a stackable series of micro-credentials. No more random courses for continuing ed credits, just highly relevant job-linked learning.
From Forbes - The answer is, we have to take our professional and personal development into our own hands, this must happen inside of our companies and outside of them. We can no longer rely on educational institutions or corporations to give us all the tools and all the training we need to be successful.
Micro-credentials are exactly that, but smaller, bite size, awarded for the demonstration of very specific competencies. And what comes with a micro-credential is not a certificate or a diploma, but a badge. This is familiar to many readers, I realize, but for those it is not, think Boy Scout or Girl Scout Merit Badges.
In today’s digital environment, you can create an account to host your badges, such as Mozilla’s Open Badges platform (http://openbadges.org/), Credly (https://credly.com/), or Achievery, (http://achievery.com/ ) and export them to LinkedIn, Twitter, or elsewhere.
More on the TNTP study that discusses that PD is a waste of time
From Stephen Sawchuk on Edweek - In case studies of three districts, TNTP failed to find any pattern linking those teachers who improved their craft to a specific type of professional development. And that's despite those districts spending an average of $18,000 annually per teacher on classroom coaching, workshops, and other forms of support.
From the Washington Post - A new study of 10,000 teachers found that professional development — the teacher workshops and training that cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year — is largely a waste.
From Inc - It's time to let go of "old school" approaches to content creation and delivery such as on-site classrooms, lifeless webinars and content created within the "ivory tower" and offer training that is digital, socially accessible, authentic, personally relevant and self-paced.
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